Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Oh so minty
Nestle After Eight
Member Name: shirleyleunicorn
Nestle After Eight
Date: 18/06/12, updated on 28/05/13 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely tasting mint chocolate thins, OK price
Disadvantages: You can get sick of the choco/mint combination
Normally, if I was to go into a supermarket or perhaps some kind of newsagents, After Eight would not have been one of my preferred choices, merely based on the fact that there are so many more varieties of chocolate based treats that you can choose from, and that I am not really such a big fan of mint. I don't like minty ice cream, dislike minty toothpaste (though I still use it, as I had tried brushing my teeth with baking soda once, and I did not find that experience to be all that pleasant) and only ever chew minty gum when I am bored enough to do so, not really enjoying the taste. There is just something in the taste that makes it seem slightly sickly, in my opinion. However, After Eight seems to be a slight exception, though, probably because of the perfectly balanced way of which the mint merges into the chocolate. It is quite a shame that it took me quite a while to discover that there was some kind of minty food that I could safely enjoy, and that was when I was given it as a Christmas present to give myself a little treat.
I have seen After Eight in supermarkets going on sale for as low as £1, but even if you do not buy this on some kind of promotion or other, it is still not what you would call expensive. Rather more average-priced I would say. It also has a sort of air of luxury throughout each and every chocolate mint wafer that is hard to explain, and you can't really expect to pay bottom end prices for a luxury product, after all.
The packaging is a dark green box, which looks quite luxurious, and therefore would look good all wrapped up and as a gift. The 'After Eight' logo writing is clearly written on the front. There is a tray which you can easily slide out of the box and pluck a nice thin wafer from before sliding it back, trying to resist the temptation to take another one.
The taste was surprisingly nice- the pieces were thin and wafer-like, and coated with chocolate. The mint nicely balanced out the usually sickly effect of eating chocolate, and instead left a refreshing taste in my mouth. The crispy texture gave a satisfying crunch that you do not get from simply eating chocolate on its own. I think that the chocolate and the mint work together to balance each other out and the combination turns out to be quite pleasant.
That being said, too much of a good thing can make you sick. After just a few thins (it is hard to stop after just one), the combined taste can be a little overwhelming and sickly- I guess 'luxury' products just aren't meant for a large quantity of consumption at a time... However, this could be seen as an advantage, as if you stop eating so much chocolate, then I guess it could be seen as good for your health.
In conclusion, I believe this is a genuinely nice product, and one of which I can actually appreciate the mint inside it. It can get a little sickly at times, yes, but I believe it is a product worth purchasing now and then for a treat. From a brand (Nestle) that I do not really associate with the word 'luxury', After Eight seems to have done quite well in the luxury meter. It is also an easy gift idea to buy someone, without wasting too much money whilst still providing a perfectly nice indulgence. I would award this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars, much more than I would have thought I would have given before I had tried the product. That just goes to show, you never know about something until you have tried it.
Summary: Luxurious mint chocolate thins, perfect for treating yourself or for casual snacking